Has Russia overtaken the #1 spot in World Hockey?
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11-27-2012, 02:18 PM
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Clearly no. Who are the best Russian defencemen? The best Russian goaltenders? All well below Sweden, Canada and USA. The forwards are not particularly better than the other top countries either, outside of the top 6.
World Championships results are clearly laughable. Russia is sending a much higher proportion of their best players than the other top countries. It would be pretty embarrassing if they didn't have the best results over a five year span. Saying that Canada is the best because of gold at the Olympics is just as laughable though, it's only a single game elimination tournament.
Take a look at the Canadian lineups at the World Championships starting in 2008 through last year. What you see are names of players that are greatly hyped by Canadian and American media (the very media that makes their living by hyping players) as being being stars, and yet their performance against the Russians has been far from inspiring. Guys like Steve Stamkos, Corey Perry, John Tavares and so on have been badly outplayed by Russian teams consisting of largely KHL players whose names you have no doubt never heard.
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